Cure Still Elusive as Cancer Treatments Improve

By Jess Kilby,  Newser User
Posted Jun 1, 2009 7:16 AM CDT
Elijah Alexander, retired NFL linebacker and founder of the Tackle Myeloma Foundation, signs a petition on behalf of cancer patients' rights at the ASCO conference in Orlando, Fla., May 30, 2009.    (Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Images for International Myeloma Foundation)
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(Newser) – The world’s largest cancer conference convened this weekend and offered some hope but no cures, USA Today reports. Researchers are getting closer to developing treatments that are gentler and more individualized, and that increase longevity and quality of life. But a cure remains elusive, and even the most promising drugs offer only a few more months of life.

“We're not anywhere near where patients would like to be," said the president of a cancer survivors’ coalition. “In the scientific community, things may look like breakthroughs. But they're really viewed much more soberly by patients."